VMworld Hackathon Hardware/Software BOM

I know many of you have been asking about the hardware setup that we had used in this years VMworld Hackathon. I finally got a chance to document the details and you can find the complete hardware and software BOM below. For VMworld US, we had two different HW configurations, one for the primary Hackathon […]

Exclusive vGhetto discount on homelab hardware from MITXPC

On a regular basis I already receive a number of inquires from both internal VMware folks as well as external partners and customers about VMware homelabs and the type of hardware that can be used. After demo’ing our recent USB to SDDC project, the requests have literally tripled! Most folks are generally inquiring BOM details and/or where to […]

vGhetto Automated vSphere Lab Deployment for vSphere 6.0u2 & vSphere 6.5

For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you may have seen a few tweets from me hinting at a vSphere deployment script that I have been working on. This was something I had initially built for my own lab use but I figured it probably could benefit the larger VMware community, especially around testing and evaluational purposes. Today, I am please to announce […]

Functional USB 3.0 Ethernet Adapter (NIC) driver for ESXi 5.5 & 6.0

Earlier this month I wrote an article demonstrating a functional USB ethernet adapter for ESXi 5.1. This was made possible by using a custom built driver for ESXi that was created over three years ago by a user named Trickstarter. After having re-discovered the thread several years later, I had tried reaching out to the user but concluded that he/she has probably […]

Adding custom VSAN BIOS splash screen to the Intel NUC

One of the last things I wanted to look into after setting up my new VSAN 6.2 home lab on the new 6th Gen Intel NUC was to add a custom BIOS splash screen giving my system a personal touch. Updating the BIOS splash screen would require flashing the BIOS itself which gave me some concerns after hearing about the BIOS v33 issue […]